Preventing Colon Cancer

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Lutheran Health Network locations:

Bluffton Medical Group Colonoscopy Screening

Bluffton Medical Group Colonoscopy Screening
303 South Main Street
Bluffton, IN 46714

Call (260) 353-2144 (260) 353-2144 to schedule your appointment.

Dukes Medical Group, General Surgery

Professional Building
285 W. 12th St., Suite 112
Peru, IN 46970

Call (765) 475-2388 (765) 475-2388 to schedule your appointment.

Dupont Hospital Colonoscopy Clinic

Dupont Hospital Colonoscopy Clinic
2520 East Dupont Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

A quick turnaround time for scheduling a colonoscopy is available. Most patients can schedule a colonoscopy within 7-10 days.

Call (260) 416-3006 (260) 416-3006 to schedule your appointment.

Lutheran Medical Group Colonoscopy Screening Line

Lutheran Medical Group Colonoscopy Screening Line

Call (260) 969-7184 (260) 969-7184 or 1 (800) 927-2297 1 (800) 927-2297 ext. 7184 to schedule your appointment.

St. Joseph Hospital Colonoscopy Clinic

St. Joseph Hospital Colonoscopy Clinic
700 Broadway
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Call (260) 425-3782 (260) 425-3782 to schedule your appointment.


Colon cancer most often begins in polyps (noncancerous growths) that develop on the lining of the colon and rectum. Research has shown that up to 90 percent of colon and rectal cancers can be prevented by simply finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous.

Risk Factors
Men and women 50 years of age or older are at average risk for developing colon cancer. Your risk increases if you have a personal or family history of:

  • Benign colorectal polyps
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease
  • Uterine, ovarian or breast cancer
To help stop colon and rectal cancer:
  • Learn your family health history.
  • Know your risk factors.
  • Get regular screenings.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle with appropriate diet and exercise.
  • Don't smoke.

Regular Screening
There are often no symptoms with colorectal cancer until quite late. Regular screenings, before any symptoms appear, are key in preventing the disease.

A colonoscopy is recommended for men and women beginning at age 50, and every 10 years afterward. Another test that can be easily done is an annual fecal occult blood test, combined with a flexible sigmoidoscopy, every five years. If you are at increased risk, consult your family doctor regarding testing.

Healthy Lifestyle
Besides regular screening tests, a healthy lifestyle is the most important factor to help reduce your risk of colon and rectal cancer.

Maintain your ideal weight
Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases, including colon cancer. If you are overweight, incorporate changes into your diet gradually for greater long-term success. The following are recommended:

  • Eat at least five servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Limit consumption of red meats. Use beans as a low-fat alternative to meat.
  • Eat whole grain, high-fiber foods.
  • Rely on whole foods instead of supplements for your vitamins and minerals.
  • Limit portion sizes and reduce fats.

Commit to an active lifestyle
Regular physical activity also can help reduce your risk for many diseases, including colorectal cancer. Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.

Men over 50 and women over 40 should consult their physician before increasing their activity level.

Don't smoke
If you currently smoke, a smoking cessation program may provide the help you need to put you on the road to living a healthier lifestyle.

If you have any of the following symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Blood in or on the stool
  • Change in bowel pattern
  • Stool that is narrower than usual
  • Diarrhea, constipation or both
  • Bloating, fullness or general stomach discomfort
  • Frequent gas pain
  • Constant tiredness
  • Weight loss for no apparent reason
  • Vomiting

Source: The Stop Colon/Rectal Cancer Foundation

According to the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, early detection and removal of polyps before they can become cancerous can prevent up to 90% of colorectal cancer cases.

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